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Forests & People Magazine - 4th Quarter 2016

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Forests & People Magazine - 4th Quarter 2016

Parasite battles for North American ash

What do you do to combat an invasive insect? Sic another insect on them. That’s what the LSU AgCenter and U.S. Forest Service began last year as part of a biocontrol program in an attempt to slow the advancement of the emerald ash borer.

50 years after the birth of plywood in Louisiana

As Boise Cascade’s two Louisiana plywood plants surpass the 50-year mark, it is more than a birthday party for one company. It marks the start of a new Southern industry resulting from research and a driving need for new timber markets.

Here's to the wood duck

The wood duck — what an impressive bird: Beautiful, at least the multi-colored male; the female is cryptic, with a whitish patch around her eye. They are an inspiration for art.

Opinion: Looking for a great career? Try forestry

Increasingly every election cycle, I hear cries from politicians to make college education more accessible, more attainable and more affordable. I have heard stories from people telling how they spent six years and north of $50,000 getting a degree in which there is little career opportunity. I often wonder if these folks had any idea of job placement opportunities, would they have selected the same major?

Book salutes World War II-era soldiers

Here in central Louisiana, just north of the small hamlet of Forest Hill, the Kisatchie National Forest is reclaiming a wide swath of land that helped change our country’s history. Scattered among the pine trees and grasslands are the remnants of roads, building foundations and even an old bank vault and machine gun training bunker, clues to what once existed here.

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